Q. How do I link to a library resource within Blackboard?


When providing students with links to articles/e-resources, faculty should use CSI's EZproxy link.

  1. This allows the library to measure usage rates, which is taken into consideration when making budgetary decisions.
  2. This practice also helps to familiarize students with using the library database.
  3. It also makes it easy for students to access these resources from off campus.

Visit Copyright, Fair Use, and Blackboard for information on how to upload other types of content to Blackboard.

What is the EZProxy link?

The EZProxy prefix is: http://csi.ezproxy.cuny.edu/login?url= 

If students are accessing the reading from off-campus, this link will prompt them for their SLAS username and password. Check out how do I access library databases off campus for more information.

How do I use the EZProxy link?

You can prepend the EZProxy prefix to any links from our CSI database using the following steps:

Obtain the link to your article


Get the EZProxy link


Put the proxy link (in yellow) before the article link (in purple) to end up with this link:



Let's try an example. You wish to assign your students Fred Moten's The University and the Undercommons: Seven Theses.

The link for this article is this:

(You can find instructions for finding permalinks in individual online resources below.)


Prepend the EZ link.


Add link to Blackboard

screenshot of blackboard upload screen with entry fields highlighted

Click "submit" and you're done!

Finding links


image of jstor page with permalink circled


You can retrieve the URL by using OneSearch.

screenshot of onesearch results for search term university and the undercommons

When you follow the "full text" link, you are taken to journal article. To find the URL to share with your students, click "view citations."

(Note: Finding the permalink will differ depending on the database you are using. See below for other examples.)

journal article page with "view citation" circled in red

Then you can select one of the provided links:

citation link expanded, with red circle around one of the URLs

Your link is therefore:


  • Last Updated Sep 30, 2021
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  • Answered By Ewa Sukiennik-Maliga

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